What is nutrition as it relates to immunity & inflammation?
Approximately 75-80% of the human immune system lives in the gut. Therefore, everything we eat has a direct impact on the way we feel and perform each day. The equation is quite simple, great nutrition = an improved immune response and minimal inflammation. Poor nutrition = a weakened immune system, thus leading to injury, illness, pain and fatigue overtime. Sure, genes play a role in our health and performance but eating well can actually silence “bad” genes and eating poorly can activate genes that otherwise may have never been activated.
How inflammation affects on-field performance
If an athlete eats in a way that promotes chronic inflammation i.e. highly processed foods, tons of added sugar, fast food, soda etc. the body is bombarded and is unable to perform the way we would like it to. Overtime, this can greatly impede an athletes ability to reach their fullest potential when it comes to speed, agility, strength, and recovery.
Using sports nutrition to impact immunity & inflammation
By teaching the young athlete to eat foods that improve immune function by decreasing overall inflammation, we can not only improve performance, but instead, help the athlete avoid health complications that may come with the aging process.
Have questions about immunity & inflammation? Just ask.
Our nutrition expert, Kylene, has years of experience working with young athletes and their parents on sports nutrition strategies. If you have a question about how to address immunity and inflammation issues around competitive sports events, feel free to email Kylene or submit your question using the form below.